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Riverside State Park activities celebrate 100 years of Parks

Visitors cross the river at the Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State park near Spokane, Wash. Beginning in July, visitors will be required to have Washington's new Discover Pass on their vehicle. The $30 annual parking pass ($10 daily) will be required for access to all state parks as well as lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and state wildlife recreation sites. (Dan Pelle)
Visitors cross the river at the Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State park near Spokane, Wash. Beginning in July, visitors will be required to have Washington's new Discover Pass on their vehicle. The $30 annual parking pass ($10 daily) will be required for access to all state parks as well as lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and state wildlife recreation sites. (Dan Pelle)

PUBLIC LANDS — The Washington State Parks Centennial 2013 celebration at Riverside State Park will feature free activities on Saturday (June 8) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. based at the Bowl and Pitcher day-use area and campground.

The Discover Pass requirement for vehicles will be waived for the day.

RAFT THE RIVER

Wiley E. Waters rafting company is offering discounted three-hour whitewater river float trips for the Centennial 2013 celebration on Saturday.

Trips will start at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with shuttles from the Bowl and Pitcher area to the launch site in Peaceful Valley and from the take-out at Plese Flats.

Cost: $49. Pre-register: (208) 457-1092 or on line, riverrafting.net.

Last-minute sign-up will be accepted by the outfitter’s booth at the Bowl and Pitcher if space is available. 

SCHEDULE of Free events on June 8:

1:15 a.m. – Raptor program, West Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

Noon – Park blessing, Spokane Tribe, plus welcome from park manager, dignitaries. 

1:15 p.m. –Patrick McManus book signing.

2:15 p.m. – Live music by three bands through 6 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – Beginner Orienteering Course, Eastern Washington Orienteering Club.

2:30 p.m. – Arts and Crafts, Spokane Parks & Recreation.

3:30 p.m. – Bike Rodeo, Evergreen East Bike Club.

3:30 p.m. – Geocaching 101, Washington State Geocaching Association.

4:30 p.m. – River trail hike led by Rich Landers, Spokesman-Review outdoors editor and author of “Day Hiking Eastern Washington.” Meet at Bowl & Pitcher day-use parking area trailhead that leads to the swinging footbridge.

Check the  Riverside State Park Foundation website for more details about the centennial celebration.




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